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Frankie Dettori riding Golden Horn celebrates winning The Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Fears the late defection of Gleneagles from September’s QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes might impact on the drama quota within the ‘Irish Champions Weeken(...)

Suzann Pettersen of the European team trying to explain to her captain Carin Koch the length of putt that she did not concede to Alison Lee on the 17th green. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Where do you find the balance between the extreme will to win and the etiquette that is such a central part of golf? At the Solheim Cup in September, (...)

Fermanagh players celebrate after the All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Fermanagh’s footballing fairytale proved to be one of last summer’s championship’s most divisive moments. Jim McGuinness led the ‘if you’re not first(...)

 Stuart Broad of England clebrates winning the Ashes during day three of the 4th Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The touring Australians arrived in England ahead of the 2015 Ashes convinced they would live up to their billing as favourites and inflict more misery(...)

Dundalk’s Richie Towell celebrates after the FAI Cup final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Not much more can be said about this current Dundalk team. They are simply the best League of Ireland team in a decade. The job Stephen Kenny has don(...)

Novak Djokovic lifts the trophy following his victory during the men’s singles final against Roger Federer at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Three Grand Slams, a record six Masters 1000 titles, 11 tournament wins, 82 victories out of 88 games, an almost unassailable lead at the top of the (...)

Dan Biggar celebrates kicking the winning penalty at Twickenham. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

With the World Cup on home soil England headed into the tournament with a confidence which at times bordered on arrogance, and for many it seemed impr(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long scores against Germany. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Several managers came and went without guiding Ireland to a competitive win over a qualification rival and it sometimes seemed as though we might fore(...)

Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring the first goal for Tipperary in Galway. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s hard to imagine how Seamus Callanan felt after this summer’s championship semi-final defeat to Galway. Any defeat is hard to swallow, not to men(...)

Jockey Ruby Walsh on Hurricane Fly celebrates in the parade ring after the race. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If National Hunt racing’s stolid weather-beaten face doesn’t normally do sentiment it fairly gorged on the stuff when that hardy perennial Hurricane F(...)

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